News ID: 202268
Published: 1205 GMT October 12, 2017

‘If Trump reneges on Iran deal it’d show he is being controlled by Israeli lobby’

‘If Trump reneges on Iran deal it’d show he is being controlled by Israeli lobby’

If US President Donald Trump pulls out from the international nuclear deal with Iran it would be further evidence that his foreign policy is being controlled by the Israeli lobby, a former US Senate candidate says.

“If Mr. Trump reneges on this deal it would be further evidence that his foreign policy like that of several of his predecessors is being controlled by the Israeli lobby and the Zionist government of Israel at the expense of what’s truly in American interest,” said Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster and pastor in San Antonio, Texas,“Israel clearly is trying to subvert this treaty. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is trying to subvert American continuance with this treaty,” he told Press TV on Wednesday.

“And last but not least, it should not go unnoticed that Israel’s nuclear program is under no inspection regimen whatsoever. And Israel, unlike Iran, is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,” the analyst said.

Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Wednesday that Washington should work with allies to strictly enforce the Iran nuclear deal rather than pull out of the international agreement.

"As flawed as the deal is, I believe we must now enforce the hell out of it," Royce said at a House hearing.

The nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was reached in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- China, France, Russia, UK, US -- plus Germany).

Dankof said Royce “is absolutely correct the United States should stay in this P5+1 agreement with Iran, simply because the agreement is totally verifiable. It is in the interest of everyone involved including the United States to be a party to this agreement.”

“And for the United States to renege now on this deal is simply bad policy -- bad policy for a number of reasons,” he stated.

“The national intelligence estimate of sixteen national agencies of the United States’ government all corroborates the fact that Iran is not trying to achieve a weaponized nuclear program. The same intelligence agencies tell us that this agreement is totally verifiable. And that’s an assessment shared by Mr. Trump’s chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff among others,” the commentator noted.

Trump, who has described the Iran accord as “the worst deal ever,” has until October 15 to decide whether to certify that Iran is in compliance with the Iran agreement.

Officials say the US president will not certify the deal, something he has reluctantly done twice in the past. That is despite repeated confirmations by the UN nuclear watchdog that Iran has been in compliance with the nuclear accord.

 

   
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